2 Place du Change
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As early as the Middle Ages, Lyon was recognized as a major commercial hub between Flanders and Italy. The town became a center for cloth craftsmanship and, as of the 15th Century, three or four important trade fairs were held at the Place du Change. Several families made their fortunes from these fairs and one of them, the Thomassins, had a private mansion built on the Place du Change. This mansion is one of the oldest of its type in Lyon (built in the 14th Century) but what you see now is a 15th-century reconstruction which has been restored. The façade is interesting especially for its delicate sculptures and the arches on the 2nd floor.